At the 2016 Austrian GP, several riders were involved in a jump start. All riders that jumped the start were handed a ride-through penalty. Unfortunately, Danilo Petrucci also jumped the start, however, he did not receive ride through information and was thus, black flagged.
Now, MotoGP officials are planning on introducing improved dashboard communication. Currently, only certain details can be relayed between riders and race direction through the dashboard. Major information is still passed on through the pit boards.
Valentino Rossi has stressed that radio communication should be introduced in MotoGP. Introducing message through the dashboard is another way of communication. And officials are seeking if the information passed on to riders could be more complex and dynamic.
Officials will restrict the data that can be shared during the race. Messages related to pitstops or rain would be delivered. Sensitive information of changing riding modes or other important data will not be shared through the dashboard.
Pit boards can be difficult to read when concentrating on the rider behind and in front. If gap detail and lap times are provided on the dashboard, riders would find it easier to control their pace. There are a few who believe dashboard messages could be more distractive and hamper safety. What are your thoughts?